Attractions and Events: Winter and Summer fun at Whistler Blackcomb
For many years, world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort has been the top-rated ski resort destination in North America.
But while most are aware of the brilliant ski and snowboarding, not all know that Whistler Blackcomb is a four-season playground, with many cultural and athletic attractions and events.
No matter the season there is plenty to do in Whistler
Bask in the resort energy of the world-famous warmth of the West Coast sun at Crankworx – the hugely popular mountain bike festival. But first, find and book your Whistler accommodation rentals and Blackcomb lodging through ResortQuest Whistler.
Featured Summer Activities
Mountain Top BBQ – Dinner & Lift Ticket
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain for an incredible, mountain-top BBQ experience with live music. Just ride up the Whistler Village Gondola and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, fresh salads and delicious desserts at 1800 m/6000 ft. Whether you dine inside or on our scenic patio, it’s great for the whole family. Contact ResortQuest Whistler for more information.
Bear Viewing & Ecology Tours
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to up to 50 black bears and cubs that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating within ski area habitats. This is the only population of black bears in B.C. that has been studied for over two decades. Travel in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle through a maze of ski area roads that traverse the largest concentration of mother bear ranges in the region. Bear feeding patterns shift from valley bottom to higher mountain elevations as the summer continues, and the tours follow this progression allowing access these hidden scenic alpine ecosystems and natural habitats any time of the summer. Take an even closer look with short walks to bear feeding sites and bear family daybeds, and wander through old growth forests where bears have hibernated through many winters. Our experienced and qualified team of guides boasts a wealth of knowledge of Whistler's flora and fauna, ecology and bear biology for a truly incredible outdoor learning experience. Contact ResortQuest Whistler for more information.
All Year Whistler Activities
Peak to Peak Gondola
The Whistler experience just got a whole lot bigger! The new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola spans from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb. Boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), it’s also the highest lift in the world at 435 metres / 1,427 feet.
Meadow Park Sports Center
is located 3 km north of Whistler Village just off Highway 99; it’ right on the Valley Tail. The sports Center has a lot to offer such as: Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Skating Rink, Gym and Fitness Classes and 2 Squash courts.
Whistler Summer Activities, Attractions and Events
Ride a gondola to a mountaintop restaurant, go for a glacier walk, shoot some golf one of the renowned Whistler golf courses, mountain bike or hike the many miles of mountain paths. The summer possibilities are endless at Whistler Blackcomb. Meanwhile, the special cultural and sports events attract enthusiasts the world over. Some upcoming Whistler summer events include:
- The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
where rivers, mountains and people meet - embodies the spirit of partnership between Whistler's two Native cultures, the Squamish Aboriginal people and the Lil'wat Aboriginal people. Squamish Nation territory extends from North Vancouver through Squamish to Whistler, and Lil'wat Nation territory starts in Whistler and extends north through Pemberton to Mount Currie. Our traditional territories overlap in Whistler. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, the first of its kind in Canada, offers guests the opportunity to learn about two distinctly different BC First Nations.
The Squamish and Lil'wat people welcome you to our Cultural Centre. We are open to the public daily between 9:30am - 5:00pm. We have a deep connection to this land - our people have lived here since time immemorial.
Whether you want to explore the area's backcountry, ride trails up Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, or rip along old logging roads - these tours are the perfect way to explore Whistler.
- Bear Viewing
With mountain composed of vast coastal hemlock cedar forests, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains provide food and shelter to some 50 black bears. You can explore this beautiful habitat in a 4X4 vehicle while on a fascinating and one-of-a-kind Bear Viewing Tour with noted black bear researcher Michael Allen. During the tours, Allen - who has spent the past 23 years studying black bears - will take you to visit active bear dens, daybeds and feeding sites. You won’t want to forget your camera!!!
- Bungee Jumping
Experience the exhilaration of leaping from the edge of a bridge situated high above a rushing river. Whistler Bungee, located just 15 minutes from Whistler Village, is British Columbia's highest year-round bungee jumping venue, featuring a 53-metre (160-foot) drop over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River. Whistler Bungee offers breathtaking scenery, as well as heart-pounding thrills.
- Canoe and Kayak
Take in the magnificent mountain views and some of Whistler's abundant wildlife as you navigate Alta Lake, Green Lake, The River of Golden Dreams and more, alone or with an experienced guide.
Whistler offers an incomparable fishing experience, year-round. Travel with knowledgeable guides to local rivers, remote alpine lakes or hidden fishing holes for full, half or multi-day excursions fly-fishing or spin casting for Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char or salmon.
The Whistler area is bursting with trails, hikes, climbs, and secret pathways that can take you into a pristine natural wonderland. Some routes are minutes from the Whistler Village, while others take you up to the peaks of snow-capped mountains.
- Horseback Riding
From short and gentle meanders along forested trails, to more extensive rides through grassy meadows and up mountain paths, you'll find the horseback tour that's just right for your riding abilities. There are even pony rides for the kids and carriage rides for those who prefer horse-drawn to horseback.
- Jeep Tours
Discover Whistler’s beautiful backcountry while riding in a fun and rugged Jeep. From climbing up a mountain side to view glaciers, wilderness excursions and sunset BBQs on Blackcomb Mountain, there’s a Jeep tour for everyone. Great for families.
- Rafting & jet Boating
When the snow melts, the rivers in and around Whistler Resort run white and fast. Catch all the thrills of white water rafting, from mild to wild, as certified guides navigate you safely through haystacks and holes on the Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish rivers. For a sightseeing tour like no other, hop on a New Zealand-style jet boat to experience the rain forest and west coast mountain range from the Squamish River. The hour-long adventure includes waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and lots of wildlife.
- Tree Trek
TreeTrek is a marvel of engineering that features a series of suspension bridges, boardwalks and platforms situated high in one of Whistler's ancient old growth forests. Discover the forest's canopy close-up, while learning about the area's fascinating flora and fauna from a knowledgeable guide.
Let certified coaches teach you how to ride the wake behind a speed boat, feel the thrill of new adventure and cruise around one of the resort's most scenic lakes.
Whistler's FREE outdoor skateboard and BMX park is located near the village, on the other side of Parking Lot 2 near Fitzsimmons Creek and Rebagliati Park There is an old school snake run into a 6’ bowl and a big tranny square with multiple quarter pipes from 3’ to 9’, a spine, bowl corner and fun box with hubba in the middle. On the back side of the concrete square is an asphalt area with wooden ramps, double flat bank box, 9’ quarter, 5’ quarter with flat banks on either side and a funky fun box.
This park is always popular and worth a visit even if you aren't a skateboarder; seeing the talented boarders show off their moves makes for great people-watching. The park is open daily until around 1:00 am that’s when the automatic lights turn off.
- Adventure Zone
Between mini golf, riding the luge, climbing, jumping on a trampoline, sliding and go carting, your whole family will have the time of their lives at the Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone. Located right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
- Glacier Skiing
Blackcomb Mountain's Horstman Glacier is open for sun-filled days of skiing and snowboarding in the late spring and summer.
- Mountain Biking
Whistler has an incredible variety of terrain to explore, from epic, high alpine, West Coast single- to the mountain bike park. Whistler's mountain biking experience isn't just for experts and extreme riders. There are trails suited for beginner riders on the mountain and throughout the area, also the 35-kilometre paved Valley Trail, Whistler lets everyone in the family ride together.
Whistler is one of Canada’s top golf destinations with four championship designer courses throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor you will be spoiled with an unparalleled mountain golf experience.